While it has yet be announced or officially publicized, we have the link to the requirements, application and procedure for registering a short-term rental unit in San Francisco in order to comply with the City’s so-called “Airbnb law” which goes into effect on February 1. Start preparing now.
The application will have to be filed in person by the permanent resident registering the unit and will be accepted by appointment only starting on February 2, 2015, the day after the new law becomes effective. From the Planning Department:
Applications must be filed in person by the permanent resident whose name will appear on the registry. Applications may not be filed by representatives or agents. Drop-ins or dropped off applications will not be accepted. The Planning Department will begin conducting intake appointments on Monday, February 2nd. To schedule an intake appointment, please call 415-575-9179 after Monday, January 26th.
The applicant must be the permanent resident (owner or tenant) of the unit he or she wishes to rent short-term. This means a resident must live in that specific unit for at least 275 nights of any given calendar year. Second homes in which they do not spend at least 275 nights of any given calendar year are not eligible. New residents must have occupied the specific unit for at least 60 consecutive days prior to application. If a resident owns a multi-unit building, only the specific unit in which they reside is eligible.
In addition to a completed application and proof of permanent residency, the registration of a short-term rental will require a valid Business Registration Certificate issued by the San Francisco Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office, proof of liability insurance in the amount of no less than $500,000, a signed affidavit agreeing to abide by all conditions of the short-term residential rental ordinance, and a $50 check.
Tenants registering an apartment will also need to provide a copy of their lease or rental agreement. And note, “the Planning Department will send a notice to the owner(s) of your unit, informing the owner(s) that your application has been received.”
The processing of an application is expected to be completed within 15 days of being filed, after which a “Short-Term Residential Rental” certificate and Registration Number will be delivered by mail.
While already illegal but effectively unenforced, “you may not rent [or advertise] your unit (in all or a portion) as a short-term residential rental until you have received a Short-Term Residential Rental Registration number from the Planning Department.”
And once a unit is registered, there are still a number of things one may not legally do, such as: rent a residential unit or a portion thereof for more than 90 nights per calendar year while one is not also present during the time of their guests’ stay; rent any illegal residential units or unpermitted spaces; or make more than your monthly rent from short-term rental fees if you are a tenant.